Discover our universe
GRINNELL – Take a virtual and visual tour of the remarkable objects that make up our universe and examine some of the processes that govern their behavior. Iowa Valley Continuing Education will be offering “A Tour of the Universe,” a three-session course on Tuesdays, May 14 – 28, 7:30-9:00 pm.
The first session will focus on planets and the prospects for life beyond the earth. The lives of stars, from birth to death, including exotic objects such as black holes, will be the topic for the second session. The final session will be dedicated to galaxies and to the universe at large and its behavior.
Each session will include about one hour of classroom time followed by observation with the Grant O. Gale Observatory’s telescope if the weather is clear. Participants may stay for as much or as little of the observing session as they wish.
The instructor, Bob Cadmus, has been a professor at Grinnell College since 1978 and is the person behind the Grant O. Gale Observatory and it’s various educational, research, and public outreach programs. He is also the author of numerous publications and the recipient of several grants as well as the Outstanding Educator and Citizen Award from the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce.
Classes will be held at the observatory, which is located at the extreme north edge of the Grinnell College campus and can be reached by following the road that goes north from 10th Avenue just to the west of the railroad tracks. Cost of the class is $15.
Register for course number FUN 1002 001 by contacting Iowa Valley Continuing Education at 1-800-284-4823 or 641-752-4645. For more information check out the IVCE website at www.IowaValley.com.
Photo caption: Course instructor, Bob Cadmus, is shown using a telescope at the observatory.